So what is there to do after dark in the city of churches? The answer: plenty. You just need to know where to look!
Starting with live music:
- Adelaide has a BIG live music scene and is a designated UNESCO City of Music. You can pick up a free gig guide from some pubs and cafés. Or look at the Rip It Up, dB Magazine or Music SA websites. There are lots of venues (many free) within the city square mile – The Coffee Pot (upstairs on James Place, just off the Mall), La Boheme and the Promethean (both on Grote Street), the Jade Monkey at 160 Flinders Street. For pubs try The Publishers, the Grace Emily Hotel and the Gilbert Street Hotel.
- There are two great (and much loved) venues in the inner suburbs. They have both just been inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame. Grab a bus or a cab to the Wheatsheaf (the ‘Wheaty’) – for great music and one of the city’s best beer selections. Or take the tram to the equally good Governor Hindmarsh Hotel . – the ‘Gov’. Get off at the Entertainment Centre stop.
- For jazz and blues fans – Jazz Adelaide can tell you what’s on. And have a look at our guest blogger’s suggestions – for the secret world of jazz and blues in Adelaide.
- For visiting national and international bands, see what’s on at the charming old Thebarton Theatre or the (a bit characterless, but serviceable) Adelaide Entertainment Centre
- If classical is more your style, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is currently regarded as one of the best orchestras in the country.
- The beautiful Elder Hall on North Terrace (home of Adelaide University’s Conservatorium of Music) hosts an impressive lunch time and evening program of music. (Incidentally The Pilgrim Church, again a beautiful venue, also hosts a program of (low cost) lunchtime concerts and recitals. Many now-professional musicians first performed as part of this program.)
- For small bars and good pubs have a look at what The Telegraph had to say. We also love the recently re-opened Little Miss Miami (now with Crab Shack!) at 74 Frome street and Austin and Austin in Austin St (just off of the Mall).
- If you want REAL nightlife (you know, clubs and bars and stuff), go to Hindley Street – particularly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Starting from the King William Street end look out for Go Go Lady Boy (for Thai themed drinks and décor) and the Woolshed (one of Adelaide’s biggest venues – slightly bogan, but fun). At Morphett St turn right and right again down the alleyway for the entrance to Crippen Place – a five storey club complex comprised of Electric Circus (house and electronic music), Mr Kim’s and Rocket (dance) and Rooftop (a laid back rooftop bar overlooking the city). Back on Hindley Street look for Supermild (underground bar with beer garden out the back). Then head to West Terrace, turn right and you’ll run straight into HQ (electronic, R&B and dance).
- Other destinations in the city Thursday night (for a younger crowd) include the General Havelock on Hutt St and The Saracen’s Head on Carrington St.
For theatre and dance (in addition to our festivals and other annual events)
- Buy the local paper (the ‘Advertiser’) to find out what theatre is on. There are three venues at the Festival Theatre on the river – the Dunstan Playhouse, the Space and the Festival Theatre itself. Anything playing in any of those venues is worth going to. Brink Productions is also reliably very good. And it’s worth checking out what’s playing at the historic Her Majesty’s on Grote Street.
- For dance, see what Leigh Warren and Dancers and the Australian Dance Theatre are up to. They are two of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies, both based in Adelaide. Restless Dance Theatre, also Adelaide based, is internationally recognised for its work with young dancers with disabilities – both physical and intellectual.
- Windmill Theatre, a theatre for young people, also has an international reputation. Even adults love their stuff.